'Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 7:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Introducing new class-based gameplay, mobile bases and persistent player progression throughout all game modes, C&C4 offers players new, innovative and compelling strategic depth.

'Borderlands' (ALL) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 7:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Borderlands is an all-new sci-fi action game combining elements of first-person action titles with player customization and vehicular combat.

'NHL 10' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NHL 10 begins a new era with gameplay innovations that deliver a new standard of toughness, the emotion of playoff hockey on the ice and in the arena, and over 200 gameplay refinements that replicate the skill and finesse that every fan sees throughout the NHL playoffs.

'Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy' Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ironclad and Stardock are teaming up once again on the second micro-expansion pack for Sins of a Solar Empire. Dubbed, Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy, the new micro-expansion pack will vastly increase the amount of diplomatic options available to players in the game and help make forging good relations with other empires a major option for would-be galactic conquerors. The beta is due out this Fall with the general release Winter 2010.

Various Game Trailers #1674

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under Trailers

Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for:

  • Theatre of War 2: Centauro - Trailer
  • Empires Of Steel - Gameplay Trailer
  • Halo 3: ODST [X360] - FireFight ViDoc Trailer
  • Gray Matter - GamesCom 09 Trailer
  • Bayonetta [ALL] - Easy Automatic Mode Trailer

We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'The Amazing Brain Train' Coming to WiiWare - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Amazing Brain Train is a brain training game like no other. Hosted by the diminutive genius Professor Fizzwizzle, the player is taken on a brain-boosting adventure around the Professor's cartoon world, stopping to solve challenges and help his friends along the way.

'The Beatles: Rock Band' (ALL) Adds Cheaper Bundle to the Mix

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MTV Games and The Beatles license holder Apple Corps are developing a new video game that will be an experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles spanning the UK band's entire discography. While the previously announced bundles are priced at $250, there is now also a Special Value Edition with non-branded instruments at Wal-Mart for $159, and at Best Buy and Amazon for $139.99.

'SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny' (PSP) Gets Dated, Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny brings back the franchise's weapon-based fighting formula to deliver a robust handheld experience. With a roster of more than 20 unique characters, expanded character creation feature, and multiple gameplay modes, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny provides nail biting, head-to-head brawls that can be played anywhere, at anytime.

'GTA: Chinatown Wars' (ALL) Gets Release Dates

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chinatown Wars is an original entry in the GTA franchise, bringing a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments.

'NBA 2K10' (ALL) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA 2K10 is expected to deliver the most realistic, stylistic, and feature-rich simulation experience ever available in the NBA 2K franchise – from gameplay to graphics, presentation and online features.

'Warmachine' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warmachine, based on Privateer Press' table-top RPG, will allow players to control various warcasters and their warjack battle groups as they fight across interactive battlefields from the game world in single as well as multiplayer.

'Sushi Go Round' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sushi Go Round builds on the addictive time-management gameplay of the original, and promises frantic eat-‘em-up action and sushi-serving gameplay.

'Wet' (PS3/X360) Demo on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wet is a highly stylized third-person shooter that seamlessly blends acrobatics, gun play, and sword kills. With dual pistols and a samurai sword, you can engage in combat while sliding on floors, running on walls, jumping, flipping, and performing amazing acrobatic moves – leaving a massive body count in your wake.

'Red Faction: Guerrilla' (ALL) Multiplayer Pack - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, this third-person, open-world action-shooter will return to Mars and once again redefine the limits of destruction-based gameplay. The second Red Faction: Guerrilla DLC, Multiplayer Pack, will add eight new maps and two new modes.

'Bakugan: Battle Brawlers' (ALL) Reveals More Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 1:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the animated TV series Bakugan, the game tells the story of Dan and his friends as they battle their Bakugan Brawlers to save the planet of Vestroia and, ultimately, Earth from destruction. Pre-ordering at Toys"R"Us gets you two in-game characters, the collector's edition includes the Naga battle ball, and pre-ordering at GameCrazy nets you a pillowcase with Bakugan art.

'Music' (NDS) Now Called 'Montessori Music' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 1:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Music is a pioneering musical activity game featuring a series of fun mini-games, multiple sound quizzes and a complete encyclopedia of more than 400 musical terms.

'Cities XL' Gets North American Release Date

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 1:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cities XL expands upon all that make city builders fun and interesting, with cities that are bigger, more realistic and sophisticated than ever before, while letting you take your game online, and interact with others in a massive online environment. The Limited Edition includes 16 bonus items in a special pack.

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) Gets Playable Muse Frontman - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. while also adding new gameplay mode.

'Crash Commando' (PS3) Gets Fixes, Maps, Trophies, Character Packs

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 10:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crash Commando, a PS3 title exclusively for download on PlayStation Network, is a side scrolling multiplayer shooter game pitting two arch-enemy commando factions - the Grunts and the Jarheads - against each other in an all-out fight for world supremacy.

'Carcassonne' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Become a master strategist in the medieval world with Carcassonne. The medieval countryside thrives as you and your opponents strategically place your tiles and complete towns, roads, and farms while amassing the most points.

'No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle' (Wii) T-Shirt Design Contest

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, and pro wrestling-obsessed assassin. Travis finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again.

'Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buccaneer is a single and multiplayer game where players strive to become the most infamous pirate captain of all time and etch their name in The Hall of Infamy.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'Wet'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Wet is a highly stylized third-person shooter that seamlessly blends acrobatics, gun play, and sword kills. With dual pistols and a samurai sword, you can engage in combat while sliding on floors, running on walls, jumping, flipping, and performing amazing acrobatic moves – leaving a massive body count in your wake.

'ModNation Racers' (PS3) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 8:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can create their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community.

'Mythos' Closed Beta Starting in September

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythos is an online, action RPG that is free to download and free to play. Set in the land of Uld, players assume the roles of fantasy heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest through entirely randomized dungeons and environments. Mythos never made it out of its beta phase due to Flagship Studios' demise, but Hanbitsoft picked up the rights and will commence a new round of closed beta testing in September.

'Left 4 Dead' (ALL) Adds Novint Falcon Support

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 8:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a modern day survival-horror universe, the co-op gameplay of L4D casts four Survivors in an epic struggle against hordes of swarming zombies and terrifying Boss Infected mutants.

'White Knight Chronicles' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 7:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

White Knight Chronicles provides RPG fans with a unique battle system, and robust online gameplay rooted in an epic adventure. Throughout the game you'll have the opportunity to explore the massive world, experiencing a medieval-like fantasy where the hero is able to engage in combat as the larger-than-life White Knight.

iRacing Will Let You Participate in the Indianapolis 500

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 7:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

IndyCar Series racing fans won’t just be able to attend the Indianapolis 500 in person next year, or watch the broadcast at home – on the 2010 Memorial Day weekend anyone in the world who has a PC and a broadband internet connection will be able to drive in a stunningly realistic virtual version of the race.

'Squeeballs Party' (NDS/Wii) - 69 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 7:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Squeeballs are 12 small, cuddly toy characters that are manufactured on a remote and secret island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Before they can be sold to children around the world, Squeeballs must be fully put to the test, to the point of destruction! You can blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and skim the Squeeballs through over 170 mini-game challenges.

'Crazy Garage' (Wii) Revealed, Using Q Development Platform

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

White Birds' Crazy Garage is a cartoon style party game, inspired by TV shows like Pimp My Ride, featuring various mini games.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 6:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

'Wii Sports Resort' (Wii) Surpasses Three Million Units Sold Worldwide

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 6:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wii Sports Resort takes the inclusive, fun and intuitive controls of the original Wii Sports to the next level, introducing a whole new set of entertaining and physically immersive activities. Having launched in late July, Wii Sports Resort reached 500k in just one week, and so far has sold more than one million in Japan, Europe and North America.

'Planet 51' (ALL) - 38 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Planet 51, based on the upcoming animated film, is an adventure comedy from the writer of Shrek/Shrek 2, revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot there.

Smith & Tinker Secures $29 Million in Venture Funding

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

When Microsoft shut down Shadowrun studio FASA, founder Jordan Weisman bought back the rights to various FASA franchises, such as MechWarrior, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, and formed Smith & Tinker. Recently S&T revealed it's developing a new MechWarrior title and also expressed interest in bringing back Crimson Skies.

'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 5:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Polyphony Digital revealed that GT5 will more than double Forza 3's number of cars, promising 1000 vehicles, 20 tracks in 60 different layouts, custom soundtrack support, and while there is a damage model, it will be limited to certain car manufacturers.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Wii) Gets Dates, Bundles Zapper in Euro

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 4:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles‘s story is based on Resident Evil 2 and includes Leon S Kenney and Claire Redfield. Its on-rails style gameplay and active camera will create a more immersive “Chronicles” survival experience. As in the last installment, this is a first-person game with extreme shooting gameplay and interactive pathways.

'The Saboteur' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 4:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pandemic Studios new open-world environment stealth-action thriller, Saboteur is set against the dramatic backdrop of occupied France and based on a true story, the personal tale of one man’s fight to find and kill the Nazi thugs who murdered his friends.

No 'Commandos 4' Says Pyro Studios

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 4:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week, we reported that Pyro Studios, currently working on Planet 51, supposedly revealed during an interview at GamesCom that the Spanish studio will be working on a new installment in its Commandos franchise, which now has been denied, deemed false and dismissed as wishful thinking. While the first two titles were a big success, the 3rd one, making the move from strategy to 3D FPS, was not. No further details or projected release dates were disclosed.

PS3 Review - 'The King of Fighters XII'

by Mark Melnychuk on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

SNK Playmore's classic arcade franchise celebrates its 15th anniversary with The King of Fighters XII. For the first time in series history, this epic martial arts showdown has undergone a complete graphical overhaul.

'Furry Legends' (Wii) Also Coming to NDS

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 4:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Furry Legends, a casual action and platform game, players take control of unique characters who are best described as a furry ball, each with its unique powers, allowing the player to roll, jump, bounce, attack and perform other various moves with their spherical character.

'Lost Horizon' - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deep Silver's Lost Horizon, developed by Secret Files studio Animation Arts, is going to captivate adventure fans with its classic 1930s setting, fascinating locations including Hong Kong, Tibet, and Morocco, and the eventful search for one of the greatest secrets of humankind.

'Mad Skills Motocross' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mad Skills Motocross is a sidescrolling motocross game that reminds of the golden days of gaming while also utilizing high-tech features. The game sports neural networks for the AI and precise physical simulations of motocross bikes and riders.

'Outcry' Gets Euro Date - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Outcry is an adventure game based amongst breath taking environments created in photorealistic detail – set to a haunting soundtrack and effects the scene is set to discover the boundaries between dreams and reality, as the player delves deep into their subconscious to confront their innermost fears.

'Defense Grid: The Awakening' Next Week's XBLA Title, Includes Extras

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels, featuring beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack.

'The Void' - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Void is a survival adventure game, try to stay alive in the hostile world of the Void, and escape as quickly as possible! The choice is either to support life in its horrifying Hunters or its mournful girls or strip them of it. The way you pass through The Void is the way it changes, the way it reflects upon you.

'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Gets Branded Peripherals

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 3:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. Mad Cats is manufacturing MW2 branded accessories such as combat controller, throat communicator, elite keyboard and sniper mouse

'Aliens vs. Predator' (ALL) Will Influence Release Date for Other Aliens Titles

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Aliens vs. Predator, players will have the chance to take the role of the three infamous species: the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien. Each of the three species has its very own distinct story-driven, single-player campaign mode that interweaves with the campaigns of the other two species. SEGA president Mike Hayes revealed that AvP's release date will affect Colonial Marine's launch, as the company does not want the two Aliens titles too close to each other, preferably nine to 12 months apart, although commercial success of AvP could further influence that in either direction. Hayes also states that, despite the cancellation of Obsidian's Aliens RPG, a 3rd game in the franchise is planned but nothing concrete has been decided yet.

'Beyond Good & Evil 2' (ALL) Development on Hold

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In late 2003, Ubisoft released its action/adventure Beyond Good & Evil, but unfortunately, sales numbers were disappointing and the franchise was abandoned. Since the UbiDays 08 teaser, not much has been said, apart from Ubisoft's Michel Ancel revealing that BG&E 2 will be more complex and immersive than the original. Last month, Ubi's Laurent Detoc said that, while the game was being worked on, the decision had not been made to actually green-light it. It turns out that the title has been put on hold.